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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Newsletter No. 32 December

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Newsletter for AMQA Inc. Members

Newsletter No.32


President’s Message- Nov/ Dec 2013

Merry Christmas everyone,
We’re almost at the end of the year and I am looking forward to some slower days.  End of year activities with children and then clients Christmas projects as well, doesn’t leave a lot of time free.
I hope you have all planned some free time to recharge and perhaps start or complete a project of your own. A question I often get asked by clients is do I get time to make any quilts myself.  I do but it does take a little longer, I have enjoyed the company of some friends this year with a regular Tuesday sewing group. How many of you have a similar situation?

We are well under way with preparation for next year’s Quilt Show.  The current aim is to fill our sponsorship requirements. I would like to thank the sponsors who are now supporting our show and providing some wonderful prizes.

Jan Foster - Red Shed Quilting

Bill and Leonie West - Westalee Designs

If you have any ideas for suitable sponsors or would like to support the show, please let me know, we’d love to make the show as wonderful as we can and have some terrific prizes for you all.

2015 Member’s Challenge - Do you have an idea for a pieced design you think would be perfect for the next Member’s Challenge?  To enable as many people to enter as possible we are thinking way ahead and wanting to release the pieced design at our Quilt Show in 2014. This will give almost a year for quilts to be thought about and made.  If you have a design in mind, I encourage you to spend a bit of your downtime writing it up and submit it to the committee for use as the 2015 Member’s Challenge pieced design. All acknowledgements will be given to the designer as appropriate. The challenge is great to stretch our skills, try new techniques and help us be confident. 

2014 AMQA Inc. Quilt Show

Another 2 categories for your consideration. Traditional Custom Large and Traditional Custom Small, are only differentiated by size, this is the perfect category for a custom quilt you have done for a client who would be happy for you to send it to the show.  All the custom work is done as quilting, not with extra mediums or embellishment like beading or sequins etc.

4. TRADITIONAL CUSTOM LARGE: Minimum of 240” perimeter, maximum of 480” perimeter. This category is for those functional bed quilts that we do for ourselves or for our customers that are meant for daily use but have been machine quilted with high quality custom quilting techniques. No embellishments, metallic threads or thread painting of any kind are permitted in this category.

5. TRADITIONAL CUSTOM SMALL: Minimum 60”, maximum 240” perimeter. This category is for those functional  quilts that we do for ourselves or for our customers that are meant for daily use but have been machine quilted with high quality custom quilting techniques. No embellishments, metallic threads or thread painting of any kind are permitted in this category.

Below is the perfect category to show your style and skills with those mediums and techniques you can’t use in the above categories. Thread art or Pictorial, where you can go to town with thread colours and adding extra things to bring your quilt alive. Enjoy!

6. THREAD ART /PICTORIAL: Minimum of 100” perimeter, maximum of 280” perimeter.  Involving thread play and/or a mixture of mediums and embellishments.  All embellishments must be firmly attached and quilt must be able to be hung conventionally and with minimal care required.  All quilts entered in this category must be the original design of the quilt maker and not made under the direction of another person in a workshop/course situation. 

Newsletter: Remember if you have any news items or products reviews, helpful tips or techniques you’d like to share with the members please write a brief article and submit it to the newsletter editor for inclusion in the next newsletter due out.  We are aiming to increase the frequency of the newsletter and appreciate anything you have to contribute. Some of us have lives outside of quilting, yes really! How do you make it work?  Tell us your story and any hints and tips you’ve discovered along the journey
I want to wish everyone a wonderful and Merry Christmas.  I hope you all stay safe if you are travelling and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Happy Quilting
Raylee Bielenberg

Congratulations to Ming Hsu who won second place in the Open Traditional category at Adelaide’s “Festival of Quilts”, early in November. Ming was also  awarded a special award which we, AMQA, sponsored for “Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting”. Ming has graciously allowed us to publish photos of her prize winning quilt,  and below she offers some insights into the work’s construction.

"It's the Singer not the song". A burgundy wholecloth.
 The quilt is an original design inspired by the inlay on an ancient Chinese bronze that I saw in a book. It was a symmetrical leafy vine design and the leaves reminded me of feathers. I wanted to have my feathers look organic and dimensional like vines in and out of the two frames. I drew the designs on paper many times until I had the one I liked. I now actually call the curl-in fern-head like feathers "Ming feathers". They look really good going in and out, or hook on the two trellis like frames.

I stitched it up entirely using a vintage Australian made 1957 Singer 201P. At that time, I had just started teaching machine quilting. I wanted to show students that with practice, intricate quilting can be achieved even with very basic old machines. That is why I named it "It's the Singer not the song". Well, it is the Singer, but it is also not the Singer(the machine), it's the singer (the machine operator).
I was determined to quilt it entirely with the old Singer, but I didn't want an easy way out, so I chose to use metallic thread on silk. I started it in Oct 2012 and finished it in June 2013. There was a problem with marking the design on the silk fabric. I tried many different markers but none really worked. The silk was too slippery to mark, also because of its colour, nothing really showed on it. I eventually had to mark the entire design on paper solvy then attach the solvy on top of the quilt sandwich. It was not easy to quilt through so many layers and not really knowing what was going on underneath the paper.
Kind Regards,

Tracey Browning also did well at Adelaide’s “Festival of Quilts”. Congratulations Tracey. I followed the  progress of the “Wedding Quilt” on facebook and my back was hurting for you!!

Excellence in Longarm Quilting 

Cornelian:     1st place 2 person traditional. 
Measures 72” x 72”/ 180 cm
Designed and made by Helen Stubbings, Quilted by Tracey Browning – a collaborative work.
Inspired by design elements at Cornelian bay cemetery in Hobart this quilt began as a play with my new iron on hexagon papers. Redwork hand embroidery using over 20 skeins of thread features throughout along with simple applique to create borders and framing elements. Quilting was chosen to complement the embroidery sections, whilst framing the overall design with tight background fills to pop the main focus elements.

The Wedding Quilt:
3rd place ribbon in Traditional professional category.

100" x 100"
Hobbs Heirloom 100% wool batting over Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Cotton batting.
Designed, pieced & quilted by Tracey Browning. This quilt was made as a wedding gift to my eldest daughter & her husband. Emma chose the fabrics & my design herself. An elegant feel to the fabrics is enhanced by the quilting.

Tracey Browning
Australian A1 Quilting Machine & Intelliquilter dealer & also your Aussie supplier of rulers/templates for commercial quilting machines, books, patterns & notions!!
partner AMQ Festival
The Australian Machine Quilting Festival is dedicated to providing inspirations, education and encouragement to all machine quilters that own a longarm, midarm and/or a domestic sewing machine.
Come & join us in our new venture to grow & learn about machine Quilting!

Kathy Adams talks about winning a  “Viewers Choice” award in October with her stunning quilt.
Congratulations Kathy.

The "What a Site" quilt challenge was a collaboration between the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Quilting Guild held in October 2013. Sixteen finalists met the challenge of celebrating the Argyle St Hobart location, near the waterfront and Salamanca Place. There was a first and second place awarded.
I was thrilled to be awarded viewer's choice, after more than 2000 people viewed the exhibition. My quilt is composed of 36 "mini-quilts" which are assembled onto a background quilt. Hand discharge-dyed fabrics, and hand dyed and commercial silks were used. Extensive thread painting and hand stitching, Sashiko style features throughout. 
Hopefully, native Tasmanians were able to recognise my Google-Earth style view of the estuary, however the patterns and textures within the land and sea forms are purely aesthetic and  do not refer to specific geographic features. The Mariner's compass at the epicentre contains images of Hobart, including MONA (Tasmania's newest art gallery), tall ships, and some of the classic museum buildings in Argyle St.
I used both my Sweet 16 and Gammill long arm machines to create my quilt. I'd  like to say it went like a breeze, but it was a long and hard road to bring this quilt to completion and I nearly gave up completing it to meet the deadline many times! I'm now so glad persevered! I was pleased with the result and so excited that others liked it also

Kathy Adams 
KoolKat Quilting

AMQF Tutors 2014.

Tracey Browning has sent through information on one of the Class Tutors for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival 2014…..and its Linda V Taylor!!... (must get her to sign my dog eared copy of her book)
Linda V. Taylor

Linda is a highly awarded longarm machine quilter whose work has been displayed in many venues and published widely in many quilting magazines and books, several times show cased on the cover. Linda has been quilting for over 40 years and is known and respected as one of the innovators of the art of longarm machine quilting. She has won numerous quilting awards in shows sponsored by the International Quilting Association, American Quilter's Society and National Quilter's Association, Machine Quilter's Showcase, Machine Quilter's Exposition and Road to California. To her delight, she has been chosen by her peers 3 times as "Teacher of the Year." Linda was also chosen by the readers of Quilters Newsletter magazine as one of the "Most Influential Persons in the Quilting Industry" (2009) and was selected as one of the "Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World (2008). Most recently (2013), she was awarded the coveted "Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution to the machine quilting industry.Her quilts have been in special exhibits and museums in the United States and Europe, including "Free Motion Masterpieces" in the New England Quilt Museum. Linda has traveled and taught in Africa, Ireland, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States.She has appeared on more than 80 segments of television programs with popular TV quilting personalities such as Alex Anderson, Shar Jorgensen, Georgia Bonesteel, and Donna Wilder and has her own PBS television show named Linda's Longarm Quilting which is currently in the 5th season, now showing on She has produced a dozen how-to DVDs, nine books on longarm techniques, many practical templates and over 1000 continuous line patterns. Linda wrote the handbook on longarm quilting entitled, The Ultimate Guide to Longarm Machine Quilting produced by C&T Publishing Company.Linda maintains an extensive schedule of teaching engagements and has taught her innovative methods to literally thousands of students from all over the world whom she considers to be her friends. Over the 20 years Linda has been longarm quilting, she has watched as many of her students have excelled as top award-winning quilters. AWESOME!
Check out Linda's video streaming and online classes with and her patterns on IPattern Studio.

Classes Offered by Linda V Taylor.

*Essential technical skills for Longarm

 quilting - Part 1

A well-rounded longarm/midarm quilter knows as much about the technical skills as she/he knows about freehand quilting. Don't limit your abilities by neglecting these skills. By necessity after 20 years, Linda is an efficiency expert on how to approach and work on a custom quilt (we don't do it the same way hand-quilters do). She will show you how to stitch in the ditch, do 1/4" outlining, quilt diagonal lines, stitch around curves and applique. She will also cover some of the standards of quilting show quilts. Be sure of your skills to maintain the integrity of the piecing, whether you use patterns, do mostly freehand quilting or use a computerized quilting machine.

*Feathered Dreams: The Original Fancy 

Feather Frenzy


There's no question that beautiful flowing freehand feathers can really set your quilting free (not to mention increasing your earnings on the quilting machine). Twenty-year veteran longarm quilter, Linda Taylor, is best known for her FUNdamental freehand feathers and designs. Beginners take heart! Watch and assimilate as Linda quilts over 40 different freehand feathers on a 3 beautiful wall-hangings in this one class. Nearly all of the feathers are uniquely Linda's; she adds more every year. When you leave this class, you should have feathered dreams! Beginners through advance students will find this class very stimulating and motivating. The 3 wall-hangings Linda works on in class are door prizes at the end of class.

*Is there really life after stippling??

Linda Taylor says yes, at least 20 years of life after stippling (this is Linda's 20-year anniversary as a longarm quilter) but only if you expand your technique library. Getting bored with your meandering techniques? Then this is the class for you. Linda shows you how to catch the rhythm of quilting a lone star with only one start and stop; many more stippling and meandering patterns (including the "Texas Tornado"); a peacock fern medallion; additional freehand sashing ideas; and sensational new ideas from some of Linda's latest show quilts! If she can do it, she knows you can do it! Sampler done in class is one of door prizes in this class.

*Borders, corners & blocks, Oh My!! 

Part 2-longarm technical skills2hrsDemo/lecture

We all have areas on the quilt that seem more difficult to master. Linda will show you how to quilt the border design (using a pattern) without marking the quilt and how to set block and triangle pattern designs in the quilt. There are also some really cool tools that will not just hang on your wall and look pretty, but are actually vital to your longarm quilting. Let Linda show you how to use those tools so they become like your best friend (she's been using them for 20 years, she should know). Many tools are also multifunctional, which makes them not only vital, but also economical.

*Fabulous “Fleathers”


Join Linda in her 21st longarm anniversary year for this brand new Fabulous "Fleathers" class.Linda Taylor is best known for her FUNdamental freehand feathers and designs. Beginners take heart! Each student in this exciting class will learn how to quilt and fill in blocks and borders with unique freehand fleathers. "Fleathers" are Linda's term for feathered flowers that can be used everywhere on your quilts! You will come away from this class with a totally new look at feathers for your quilts and an awesome book and DVD for ideas. For all you do, this class is for you!

*Longarm Trapunto class


Trapunto can add so much to the dimension of a quilt, and isn't that what we are all striving for - texture and dimension. The neat thing is - it isn't that hard to do on your longarm machine and it certainly is worth the effort. Twenty-year longarm quilting veteran, Linda Taylor, will show you how fun and easy it is to do different kinds of trapunto including shadow trapunto, reverse shadow trapunto, layered trapunto and reverse applique raw edge quilting. She will also show how to properly quilt around the trapunto using some innovative quilting designs. All four of the wall-hangings she quilts in class will be door prizes.

*Star Gazing


Stars gazing at you on those quilt tops? Come with stars in your eyes and allow Linda to give you plenty of ideas to quilt the milky way. Also see how to manage those volcanos in the middle of the star or on any of the pieced blocks on your quilts. Beginners through advance students will find this practical class very helpful and motivating. Go home with tons of ideas on how to quilt those blocks on your quilts, outside and in. You'll be trailing stardust when you leave this class. Yes, of course, the sampler is a door prize at the end of class!

*Practical Quilting


The most common question asked: How do you know what design to quilt? A design library is the key. Remember if the motor isn't running, you are not quilting. Linda has a ton of ideas for your blocks, triangles and other areas on the quilt. Linda will be quilting on a stitched-out sampler that looks like an antique fan quilt and you will be able to take Linda home with you in the form of a book and a new DVD, included with this brand new class.


NSW Machine Quilters Get Together

Saturday 8th February 2014
10am to 3pm
Red Shed Quilting

Unit 3/3 O’Hart Close
Charmhaven 2263 NSW


Show n Tell

Quilt Queries? (bring along a problem quilt top to discuss)

Discussion on future venues/directions

A chance to have fun,  get to know each other, offer help and support.

Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

Tea/coffee provided

All welcome NSW quilters and any visiting quilters from interstate.

 02 43940904


02 43320133

Merry Christmas everyone. Enjoy some down time with your families, we deserve it.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Newsletter No.31 November

Continuous Lines

Newsletter for AMQA Inc. Members

Newsletter No.31

November 2013
From The Editor
My first newsletter…Let me introduce myself. I am Jan Foster. I have been Long Arm Quilting since 2003. I live on the Central Coast of NSW, with John and 2 gorgeous children, two cats and two dogs.
I purchased my first Gammill Long Arm from Kaye and Bruce Brown from “The Finishing Touch” …a NON- stitch regulated Gammill Classic…..and  my home based business “Red Shed Quilting” was born.…I quilted happily on this machine for 5 years, even though I have vivid memories of bracing myself as I turned it on….continuous speed…it would just take off!  Interestingly, my first machine did not have a name.
I have upgraded since then and now run 2 Statlers (called Kaye and Bruce)….and swapped my non-stitch regulated machine for a stitch regulated one….I do most of my hand guided work on “Verna”…who used to belong to Verna Horwood. When I was first learning, I took every available class that I could…and still do. I am looking forward to next years “Festival” in Adelaide for that reason. Last year I came home all enthused and full of new ideas.
I love what I do because I am constantly learning. I love finishing a quilt beautifully for a client even though it sometimes feels like “bear wrestling”.
Each year I vow to do more of my own work…hmmm…I tend to  inch along with my stuff…
At the start of this year I moved the business out of our shed, into a factory bay near home. It was time to separate work and home and I am enjoying having  a display area that does not compete with the lawn mower.
I would love to hear from you in regards to anything “quilty” in your area. So please send me your articles and photos. We would love to try to publish the newsletter more regularly….once a month…and will try to get it out by the end of each month, so if you have anything that you would like to send, try to do so by the 3rd Sat. of the month. Please email to


The last few weeks have certainly been tough ones with the enormity of the bushfire situation in NSW.

Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted in any way by the bushfires….

Presidents Message
Welcome Spring!  I am so pleased to see some regular sunshine and am looking forward to some warmer weather.  I really enjoy this time between winter and the hot days of summer.
Recently we have finalized the 2013 Member’s Challenge and there are some great quilts, I was inspired by the quilting ideas.  A couple were embellished which is something I have not tried yet.
We are pleased to announce the winners are as follows;

Pieced Design – Lemoyne Star


Hand Guided  

1st Belinda Betts

 2nd Raylee Bielenberg

 3rd Carolynne Diesler


1st Heather Shanks

2nd Kym Colgrave


Hand Guided  

1st Raylee Bielenberg

   2nd Jenny Robertson


Wholecloth -Computerised.

1st Kym Colgrave


All entries will be sent home soon along with ribbon and prize money. Congratulations to all entrants!
The Member’s Challenge is on again in 2 years time and we would love to see many more entries.  This is a great way to stretch your skills or try a new technique without committing to making a full sized quilt.  Information on the next challenge will be in future newsletters.

AMQA Inc. Quilt Show 2014

Preparations are moving ahead and  we are hoping to give you all as much time as possible to consider an entry or 2 into the show. We thought a great way to get your imaginations working and designs happening,  was to include a review of the show categories for the next few newsletters.  If you have any queries about a category, now is a great time to put those questions on the Yahoo group page or on the AQMA Inc. Facebook page.

The categories have not changed from the 2012 show.  Categories 1 – 3 are listed below.  The first 2 are very similar, in fact size is the only differing factor.  This is the quilt you do to really show off your skills.  Absolutely go to town, use threads, any kind of embellishment, 3D pieces, pretty much anything you like. The finished size of your quilt determines which category, 1 or 2.

1.      INNOVATIVE CUSTOM Large: Minimum of 240”, maximum of 480” perimeter. Heirloom/Show quilts have been specifically designed as quilt show entries and/or not intended to be used as functional bed quilts. Fibers, fringe, crystals and embellishments of any other kind are permitted.

2.      INNOVATIVE CUSTOM Small: Minimum 60”, maximum 240” perimeter. Heirloom/Show quilts have been specifically designed as quilt show entries and/or not intended to be used as functional quilts. Fibers, fringe, crystals and embellishments of any other kind are permitted.

3.      WHOLECLOTH: Minimum of 100” perimeter, maximum of 480” perimeter. The entry must be a single piece of fabric or minimally pieced from the same fabric to increase size only. The Wholecloth piece should be designed to highlight the many quilting techniques of today’s machine quilters, including, meandering or background quilting, straight lines, feathers, continuous line and non-continuous line designs. The quilting must be the dominant feature of the Wholecloth and the quilting should encompass the entire quilt. Painting or other embellishments are not permitted in this category.

Unlike Innovative Custom there are no embellishments allowed in this category, use your quilting styles and designs as your feature elements.  Doesn’t mean you have to use one colour of thread, but that you use only thread.  Your quilt may be any colour, white is traditional, but let’s shake it up and see some other colours here. I love seeing what goes in this category.

More reviews next newsletter.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Happy quilting

 Long Arm Get Together 23-26th September
With, finally, some sunshine we arrived at Judy Simcock’s ’Sanctuary’ in Bordertown, S.A.
A home away from home, with all the necessities for a quilting retreat.  Set in a beautiful cottage garden, neatly mown lawns, and a quirky backyard.
Inside Judy has fitted the house out to accommodate 10 people, with enough room to set-up your DSM on trestles in the living area and a dedicated cutting table.  With all the comforts of our own home sewing rooms, we began our LA quilting GTG.  We arrived Friday, noon and by early afternoon we were already set up and sewing away.
What a lovely way to pass the time sewing, but discussing all things to do with LA's.  With the last two ladies arriving late afternoon, the scene was set for a relaxing, but industrious week-end.
Judy catered for all our meals, included in the price, or we could have self catered if we had wanted to.  But who wants to bother cooking when you are at a quilting retreat.  Sewing to our heart’s content, even returning to sewing after a beautiful evening meal, easily prepared and delivered to the “Sanctuary” by Judy.
On Saturday, we sewed until the local quilting shops were open, then we made our sojourn out to them to get our “retail therapy” fix for the weekend
In the afternoon when we became too tired to sew, we had Show & Tell with quilt tops some needed advice on.  With several ideas to choose from, each had solved their problems and began sewing again.
I’m sure all were pleased with the amount of U.F.O’s they were able to complete for the weekend.  As for me, I was able to complete two U.F.O.’s I had begun at our “Quilt Encounter” in the previous year.  One a mystery workshop with only two fabrics, the other ‘Scrapmania’ using up all my left over strips from previous projects.  As you can image, I have plenty of those, so will be able to make several scrapmania quilts for Charity.

Above admiring Gayle’s scrap quilt.
Below 2 Mystery quilts made by Gayle in Faye Packham Workshops.

So with a little of BYO wine each night before dinner we sewed all and sundry.  Some ladies even had a little impromptu lesson on projects that were being made.


Above, Judy’s ‘New York Beauty” …a Lessa Siegele workshop…it only needed borders.

Below, Chris’s “Peppermint rose”… also a Lessa Siegele workshop.

….a wedding ring table runner from Val.
Thanks must  go to Judy for organising this LA GTG and for her hard work, and dedication in putting together such a lovely relaxing, quilting retreat/Sanctuary.
Gayle Dayman.
An article from Veronica Prendergast…
I wanted to make a brief report about “Tropical Delights”…the  Patchwork Group I am associated with, having a display at the Townsville Stitches and Craft Show.
We received a very positive outcome from the display, a few people were interested in what we do and expressed a desire to hopefully join us.   One lady who has moved up from Sydney told us our quilts were equivalent to what is hung at Darling Harbour.  So we felt quite chuffed.   The photo of the Australian Birds and Wildflowers quilt is the one we made for the Royal Flying Doctor Service to be raffled.   We sold around $2000 worth of tickets over the 4 days.   Ruth  (lady in the red jacket at the front of the display) who does all the money raising for the RFDS was very pleased with the sales.    We draw the raffle on 15th December, so couple of months to hopefully raise more.
Cheers Veronica
Congratulations to Belinda Betts with a 2nd place at HMQS in Salt
Lake City with her quilt “Winter Star”
Belinda  writes  an article on entering your quilts in overseas quilt shows…                                              
My quilts have just been on an extensive trip to the US, and hopefully are on their way home as I write this.  (Actually I just received email confirmation that they are en route from USPS).
I entered 2 quilts into the HMQS show in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was in about May of this year.  I like this show because they have good critique sheets, the organisers are very friendly and happy to deal with international quilts, and it is a lovely place to visit - always a good excuse for a trip!
To enter you need to keep an eye on which shows are coming up, what their closing dates for entries are, and where they are.  I have several which I like - HMQS, MQX (both shows), and Paducah; and this year I entered into the AQS show in Grand Rapids MI.  I keep an eye out on their dates, and need to allow for mailing times, and so have an idea of which shows I am going to enter which quilts in. 
Most shows these days offer online entry forms, which is a huge benefit for international shows, because you are not mucking around with postage times for entry forms.  Most shows required pictures of the quilts - if they are being juried in to the competition based on the photos, it is a good idea to spend a little bit of time getting a good show which shows the whole quilt and the quilting (check what they want).  Be aware of what their criteria is - size of pictures, what they want etc.  Mostly you can't photoshop the photo - for obvious reasons.  I usually take my own pictures, but have had professional ones done, expensive and I didn't feel they were any better than mine.
The other thing to be aware of is designer permission - some shows you just need to write down where you got your design from, but the AQS show this year required written permission from both pattern designers.  I had already asked them if this was OK, so there were no dramas, but some designers might have an issue with their quilt designs being shown, so it pays to check.  If you have an original design, then it isn't an issue.
One more thing, most quilt shows offer a valuation service.  It depends on how interested I am to find out what the US market values my quilt at, as opposed to the Australian market.  They are valued at the show, and you receive a written valuation a couple of weeks after the show.
It makes much more sense to have my quilts visit several shows while they are overseas, because the postage is so high to send them from here.  I have a quilting friend who is happy to mind them for me if there is a gap in time, ie they don't go from show to show, and then sends them on.
The main reason I enter overseas is to get written critiques back from the judges - there are few shows in Australia which offer this service at shows, and I like to see what they are looking for.  Sometimes I agree with the judges, sometimes I don't, but generally when they pick something up, I already know it is an issue, so that is something for me to watch for next time.
The 2 quilts I sent this year were vastly different.  The first, "Winter Star" is a triple feathered star, block design by Marsha McCloskey.  I have always wanted to make one, so I finished it last year, with most of my good humour intact.  It is blues and creams, very heavily quilted, and embellished with crystals.  This quilt won a 2nd in HMQS, in Salt Lake City.
The other quilt is called "Sparkling Shells" and is a foundation pieced quilt designed by Jacqueline de Jong of Be Colourful.  She came to Australia a few years ago, and taught a class through the NSW Quilters' Guild.  Again it is very heavily quilted, and embellished with crystals.

Finally it is important to remember that quilt show judging is based on a judging sheet, with opinions of the judges thrown in, so if you're happy with the quilt, don't be offended by what is written when you get a critique back.  Take it on board, or ignore it, but keep making the quilts you like.  Each show is different, and each judge is different, but as long as you are happy then you're a winner even if you don't get a ribbon.

Belinda Betts.

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